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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Matt Canham | The Salt Lake Tribune) Drawings of Mitt and Ann Romney's soon-to-be-constructed Holladay home show it will be a nearly 7,900 mansion that features three bedrooms, plenty of storage space and just off the study, a secret room through a hidden door. The Tribune obtained the architectural drawings through a government records request.
Big-time pundits on Mitt’s secret room, Lee’s comeback road ...

Two national columnists — different papers, different points on the political spectrum — mention Utah in today’s columns.

No happy second terms for presidents — Gail Collins | The New York Times

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... There are worse things than being a second-term president. You could, for instance, be a person who lost to one. Look at poor John Kerry, wandering around the globe having meetings with heads of state we wiretapped. Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to have anything to do but construct new vacation homes. The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported that Romney is building one in Utah that has a bookcase that swivels out and leads to a secret room. This is not to be confused with the one in California that has a car elevator. I believe that makes five Romney homes, and a person with five houses is a person with too much time on his hands. ...


Here’s another item involving Romney and secrets:

Harry Reid’s Source On Mitt Romney’s Taxes Was Jon Huntsman Sr., Book Claims — Huffington Post



Mike Lee’s second chance — By Jennifer Rubin | The Washington Post

Some would call any effort by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to move on from the shutdown debacle a reaction to falling poll numbers. But if voter disapproval isn’t a reason to change one’s tune, I don’t know what is. I have been tough on Lee when I thought he deserved it, but I applaud the more constructive effort he rolled out Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation. ...

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